Meersbrook Park is defined as a ‘Heritage park’, and it certainly lives up to that name. Created in 1886 when Sheffield Corporation took over Meersbrook Hall and surrounding gardens and land, the park retains a considerable amount of heritage.
As well as Meersbrook Hall (formally the Ruskin Museum and Parks Department offices, it is now a community centre), the Hall’s Walled Garden is a wonderful community space which hosts toddler groups, coffee mornings, craft fairs and apple pressing.
Probably the most surprisingly element of the park is Bishops’ House which is tucked in the top corner of the park. A beautiful timber framed Tudor building dating from 1554 that miraculously survived and is now a museum.
The park also has a play park, gym equipment, a large dog free area that includes a MUGA, football pitch and skate bowl. There’s acres of ancient woodland and sometimes a stream runs through too.
The biggest draw of the park is undoubtably its panoramic views across the city, which very few parks can rival. Popular on a warm day with sun bathers enjoying the view. The incredibly steep hills of the park also offer snowboarding and skiing opportunities in the winter! Apparently it even used to have a ski lift.
Not far from Chesterfield Road, there’s a number of cafes along there (Des Amis and Create are the closest). At the top end there’s Kopi and Chai close by.
First SPP visit: 1st January 2018, our 100th Park!